Charles Stokes was officially named president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Health System. He had been filling the roles on an interim basis since Dr. Benjamin Chu abruptly resigned in June
to pursue a role crafting health and public policy. Along with serving as interim president and CEO, Stokes, who began his career as a registered nurse, was executive vice president and chief operating officer. As COO, he oversaw operations for 17 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient clinics, 25,000 employees and 5,500 affiliated physicians. Stokes joined Houston-based Memorial Hermann in 2008. The system late last month announced that it will cut 350 jobs due to escalating costs, declining reimbursements and a softened local economy.